Stay Sane Without Holiday Gain
Updated: Jul 20, 2019
Well sisters, it's that time again. The stockings are hung, family is coming and we're about to lose our dang minds.
You take care of everyone and everything around you. You should be able to enjoy your feast and celebrate with out having to worry about the consequences come December 26th.
Here are some ways that you can stay sane while avoiding weight gain this holiday season.
Keep yourself full.
Do you remember your parents telling you to save room for the feast? Our family used to have (very) light snacks through out the day so that we could be hungry and ready for when the big meal arrived. Well... I hate to break it to ya, but that's not gonna help you this year.
You've heard the term, 'don't go grocery shopping while hungry' ? The same rule applies to Christmas dinner. It is much harder to have a free for all binge fest when your stomach doesn't have enough room to fit it all.
Frequent and small protein filled meals with a LOT of hydration will be your path to winning this holiday season. Then when meal time comes, you can have the things that you enjoy within reason!
Don't try to restrict yourself.
I know that you have your health goals. I know that you're rockin' it and don't want to gain weight. But is it sustainable for you to restrict yourself EVERY Christmas? Do you want to live that life?
If your answer is no, then I wouldn't recommend doing it this year. My general rule of thumb is if you can't do something consistently, it's not going to help you to do it now. We aim for consistency over short-term results.
Have grace with yourself.
I see it time and time again. Clients will come into my office and tell me that they've been 'bad'. They'll continue on about what they ate when they shouldn't have eaten it and how they feel guilty about it.
People. Ladies. Sisters. THIS is one of the top causes of unhealthy eating cycles! Guilt digs you into a hole and keeps the cycle going. Trying to be 'good' with your diet and then losing control and being 'bad' with your diet. It's a cycle. It's vicious. Let's put an end to it.
Instead, if you want a piece of pie, eat a piece of pie. Aim to stay within 10% of your macro nutrient goals for the day. (For more info on macros, read my blog post, "Marsha, Marsha, Macros"). Having that wiggle room will give you space to have some delicious treats with out feeling bad about it.
Eat to nourish yourself.
There are a lot of emotions tied to eating. Control and lack of control guide a lot of our choices. Please don't treat yourself poorly with how you feed yourself over the holidays.
Yes have treats. Yes be flexible. But please do not go crazy, over the top, have-whatever-the-heck-your-stomach-can-handle. This will lead to fatigue, regret and feeling sick.
If you're a stress eater, use other tools to get rid of your stress. Go on walks. Exercise. Talk to someone who will listen.
If you are an "I deserve this" eater (which you do deserve a lot of great things), go get yourself a mani pedi. Get yourself a facial. Do something else to reward yourself for your hard work.
You are not alone.
Need some support with your holiday eating this year? Reach out! I would LOVE to support and encourage you and give any information that might help. No, I don't charge money for this. I just want you to be set up for success. Reach out by comment or email. You are not alone.
And of course...
ENJOY YOUR FAMILIES AND TRADITIONS!